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(30-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Unions told to abide by dictates of new law With its passage by the National Assembly nearly three months in the rearview, the Labour Ministry this week offered unions and employers alike a friendly reminder that the contentious Trade Union Law is now fully in effect.

(30-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

PM defends graduation speeches Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday hit back at critics who complained about his practice of delivering speeches at university graduations.

“They say that because I join the graduation ceremonies, the minister of education has to work as a cyclo driver because I do the work of the Ministry of Education,” Hun Sen said during a customs department ceremony.

(30-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Prey Lang Still Logged: Community Continued widespread logging in the Prey Lang forest is evidence that the government’s recent push to have more than 400,000 hectares of land protected is toothless, according to activists as well as a Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) report released yesterday.

(30-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Illegal Mining Continues in Ratanakiri Despite claims from local authorities that illegal mining in Ratanakiri province’s Borkeo district had been stopped, more than 100 people have been seen continuing to mine the area.

(29-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Court Suspends Land Activist’s Jail Sentence The Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld a three-year sentence against anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha for a 2012 assault conviction, but she will not be returning to prison, with the court deciding to suspend the remainder of her prison time.

(29-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Most ELC Disputes Still Unresolved More than two-thirds of the 158 land disputes triggered by large-scale plantations over the past two decades have yet to be fully resolved, according to a new report by the NGO Forum on Cambodia.

Drawing largely on incomplete government records, the umbrella group’s Statistical Analysis of Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) in Cambodia, released Tuesday, states that the government has since 1995 approved 267 concessions covering 1.53 million hectares, well short of the roughly 2 million hectares claimed by officials.

(29-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Video Evidence Presented on Day 2 of Mother Nature Trial Both the prosecution and defense in the trial of three environmental activists accused of threatening to damage a sand-dredging barge in Koh Kong province last year presented protest video footage on Tuesday purportedly supporting opposing accounts of the incident, a rights worker said.

The activists—Sim Samnang, 29; Tri Sovichea, 26; and Sun Mala, 24—are all members of the NGO Mother Nature and were arrested in August while leading a campaign to stop illegal sand-dredging in Koh Kong, which locals blame for the destruction of fish stocks.

(29-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Rosewood Exports Violate UN Treaty: Org The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released a report this week saying Cambodia is in direct violation of a UN treaty due to the increased logging and export of rosewood.


Siamese rosewood, designated an endangered species by the UN due in part to the voracious appetite for it in China, is protected under the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

(29-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

NGO Releases its Report on Land Concessions More than 150 companies operating in 18 provinces have been involved in Economic Land Concession-related conflicts since ELCs were established more than 20 years ago, according to an annual report by the NGO Forum on Cambodia, which was questioned by a government official.


Only 42 of the 158 companies have resolved their conflicts, which affected 35,604 families, the 33-page report said. By the end of last year, an additional 50 companies were said to have partly resolved conflicts.

(29-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

PM lashes out at critics at CPP’s birthday bash Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday accused foreign states of bullying Cambodia over its position on the South China Sea dispute while also lashing out at criticism that the country had descended into a “political crisis”.

The premier delivered the speech to about 10,000 Cambodian People’s Party members at an event celebrating the 65th anniversary of the creation of the ruling party, which links its birth to the establishment of a Cambodian Communist Party in 1951.